Rome manager's tirade grabs spotlight

VIDEO: Rome manager Randy Ingle reacts to a controversial call during a game against the Augusta GreenJackets on Thursday, June 25, 2009.

A manager's animated disagreement with an umpire's ruling last week at an Augusta GreenJackets game was unique enough to draw the attention of Sports Illustrated and ESPN.

On Monday afternoon, Sports Illustrated linked to a video of Rome Braves manager Randy Ingle's entertaining tirade that was posted on The Augusta Chronicle Web site. An ESPN producer expressed interest in using the clip for a Monday night SportsCenter broadcast.

Several sports blogs fueled the fire with links to the quickly growing Internet sensation. The video on AugustaChronicle.com, posted Sunday night, had been viewed 7,000 times by early Monday evening.

The tirade came to an entertaining climax when Ingle, disputing a home run ball that was ruled foul during Thursday night's GreenJackets game, dug out third base and relocated it halfway down the base path toward second as if to move the foul line.

"I heard about it and have talked to several eyewitnesses," South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa said Monday. "Any time a manager or player is ejected, we review it."

Krupa said he's looked over reports from both umpires at the game. The league doesn't comment on specific punishments, he said, but it does reserve the right to fine or suspend a player or coach for their actions on the field.

GreenJackets general manager Nick Brown said his staff is in the preliminary stages of planning a "Fair or Foul Night" when Rome returns Sept. 5. Among the ideas discussed was a promotion to give any child who turns in a foul ball a chance to run the bases after the game as if they had hit a home run.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 823-3216 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.

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